Know the Symptoms of a Concussion

Katie LairdPsychotherapy

Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries that tend to go unreported due to a lack of public education and awareness. In Canada, concussions are the most common type of brain injury, with an incidence of 210,000 per year. 

It is important to see a doctor immediately, even if your symptoms are mild, as this can rule out a more serious brain injury that can become life threatening.

Cognitive Related Symptoms

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty finding things 
  • Difficulty reading
  • Easily distracted
  • Brain fog
  • Memory problems

Mood Related Symptoms

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Feeling overwhelmed 
  • Irritability 
  • Low energy or motivation
  • Various other mood/personality changes

Sensory Related Symptoms

  • Blurry vision
  • Car sickness or nausea with motion
  • Change in (or loss of) taste or smell
  • Ringing ears

Blood Dysregulation Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Pressure in the head
  • Persistent neck pain
  • Tired eyes